24 (3/4-ounce) slices diagonally cut French bread baguette
24 roasted red bell pepper strips (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 325°.
Coat 2 (7-inch) springform pans with cooking spray; sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly over the bottoms of pans.
Place ricotta and cream cheese in large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer until smooth. Add Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and egg; beat until well-blended.
Pour 3/4 cup cheese mixture into each prepared pan. Spread 1/2 cup Roasted Pepper Pesto over each layer; top each pesto layer with 3/4 cup cheese mixture. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes or until almost set.
Combine 1/4 cup Roasted Pepper Pesto, flour, and sour cream in a bowl; stir well. Spread half of mixture over each cheesecake. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Remove cheesecakes from oven; let cool to room temperature. Cover and chill. Cut each cheesecake into 12 wedges; serve with baguette slices. Garnish with bell pepper strips, if desired.
I had really high hopes for this especially reading the previous review. The flavors just didn't come together for me (I used jar roasted red peppers in the pesto, maybe that was the problem?). The texture was also very strange and it lacked enough salt for sure. Took it to a Christmas party where everyone brought appetizers and it hardly was touched. Now I have another whole one in my freezer. :-( Will be throwing that out tomorrow. Won't make again.
I have made this recipe many, many times over the years, and it is always a HUGE hit at pot lucks, dinner parties, etc. I usually serve one and freeze the other cheesecake so I have something special for a last minute party, although I have also had to serve the second cheesecake because the first one dissapeared so quickly. If you don't mind adding a little fat, I recommend using low fat ricotta and low fat sour cream, because the taste is much better. You can always just use 1 egg white instead of a whole egg in order to 'balance out' the amount of fat. Also, you may want to use an extra tablespoon of breadcrumbs in each pan to cover the cheesecake more evenly.
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